Are you like me on occasion founding yourself watching TED Talks until 5am? Well, maybe I am just a little too enthusaistic about learning new things, seeing new innovations, and challenging my understanding of things. Or, maybe I am an insomniac. Anyway, Sean Follmer, an Interactive Designer, gave a fascinating talk on some innovative ideas regarding the programming of an interactive environment.
Imagine as you walk into the kitchen with your iPad (yes, I am a bit partial) and approach the counter where you usually prepare your meals, the counter conveniently takes form to support your iPad in the perfect angle so that you can comfortably read the recipe off of the screen (or if you are like me, watch depressing news). Or, imagine walking into a room that is virtually empty, but then calling on Siri to “raise your chair”. Then, “programmagically”, your chair is pushed up out of the floor using hundreds, if not thousands, of semi-rigid foam pieces that give a secure seat that will form to your body’s shape based upon the desired pressure threshold. Imagine immersive interactive games using this amazing technology! Did someone say “adaptive room architecture”? Oh, I did.